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Keith Sanford '80: Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year

Congratulations to Keith Sanford, a 1980 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Southeast Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

He was feted for his contributions to the Chattanooga community on Oct. 29 as part of National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to lives, communities and the world.

Keith has worked as market president of First Tennessee Bank since May 2012. In his 34-year career there, he has served as branch manager, relationship manager in correspondent banking, manager of correspondent banking, manager of private banking and trust and manager of the retail division.

His community service in Chattanooga is extensive, and he has served on the boards of many organizations (read the full list here). As a leader in fundraising, Keith has served as annual fund chair at Girls Preparatory School and has helped raise money for Caldsted Foundation, Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Chamber, Arts Build, Ballet Tennessee, Fairyland School PTO, Association for Visual Arts, Creative Discovery Museum, Aim Center, Fortwood Center, Chambliss Center, Chattanooga History Center, Helen Ross McNabb and McCallie School. He will chair the United Way campaign next year.

Keith is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, and is married to the former Julia Grosvenor of Memphis. They have four children, three dogs, three cats and a pet snake.